What does a direct support professional do?

A direct support professional helps care for adults with disabilities in many different ways: on-the-job training in the community or in-house, assistance with daily living skills, transportation and daily tasks or activities. direct support professionals can work one-on-one or in a group setting. We try to pair an employee’s strengths with the best fit!

What traits/skills do I need as a direct support professional?

Caring, positive attitude, patience, ability to work in changing conditions and work assignments, communication skills, teamwork, willingness to learn.

Do I need to have experience working with adults with disabilities?

Experience is not required, but always a plus!

Are there any job requirements?

Must be 18 years or older, have a valid Driver’s License, pass criminal background study and drug/alcohol testing and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

Are there any training requirements?

All new employees are required to train on Department of Human Services policies/procedures, client plans/programs, and become CPR and First Aid certified within 2 months of hire date. There is no cost to employees; Advance Opportunities covers all training costs.

What does Advance Opportunities do?

Advance Opportunities is a private, non-profit agency that has been serving adults with disabilities in the Marshall, MN area for more than 50 years. Our mission is to advance the lives of adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through creative community partnerships, vocational training and employment opportunities. Our vision is to aspire towards a society where all people are an integral part of their communities in which their abilities, not their disabilities are recognized and valued.